Saturday, October 29, 2011

PBA Saturday : Barako Bull beats Bmeg in OT

Source : JVP, GMA News

Barako Bull bucked a slow start and used a fiery second half assault to nip fancied B-MEG in overtime, 87-84, and grab a piece of the PBA Philippine Cup lead Saturday night at the Panabo Multi-Purpose Tourism and Sports Center in Davao.

The Energy rallied from a 0-17 deficit in the first six minutes of the match, then survived the Llamados' fourth-quarter comeback, before getting their acts together in the extra period to pull off another stunning act in the season-opening tournament.

Their fourth straight win—the longest so far in the All-Filipino meet—against a single loss, pushed the Energy into a three-way tie for the lead with Rain or Shine and defending champion Talk 'N Text.

Two-time league Most Valuable Player (MVP) Willlie Miller won his personal match-up with B-MEG counterpart James Yap to lead Barako Bull with 19 points on 8-of-18 field goal shooting.

Miller provided the spark when the Energy sprung back to life in the second quarter to moved to within two, 39-37, at the turn.

But it was veteran Wynne Arboleda who bailed Barako in overtime as the stocky guard scored the go-ahead basket for the Energy, 86-84, with less than a minute left.

A Peter June Simon miss and a Kerby Raymundo passing error, intended for James Yap in the final 1.2 seconds, doomed B-MEG as it dropped its fourth loss in six outings.

A Jondan Salvador split free throw forged the final tally as James Yap's desperate three-pointer at the buzzer hardly touched the rim.

James Yap finished with 20 points to pace B-MEG, which also got 15 from Raymundo, 12 from Roger Yap, and 11 from Simon.

James Yap sent the game into overtime, 79-79, with a long three-pointer from the top of the key, with 1.8 seconds left in regulation.

Barako had the chance to win the game, but Miller missed on a looping basket from beyond the arc at the buzzer.

Barako Bull 87—Miller 18, Ababou 15, Seigle 15, Pennisi 8, Arboleda 7, Pena 6, Salvacion 6, Salvador 5, Artadi 5, Allado 2, Avenido 0.

B-MEG 84—J. Yap 20, Raymundo 15, R. Yap 12, Simon 11, Barroca 9, Devance 9, Pingris 5, Urbiztondo 3.

Quarter scores: 25-13, 39-37; 62-58, 79-79 (reg), 87-84.

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